DEER LAKE The Deer Lake food bank saw an average number of visitors for the month of December, but an increase in the amount of donations.
So much so, food bank co-founder Pearl King said it may have been the most the collection banks has seen in the facility‚Äôs history.
‚ÄúWe haven‚Äôt even had a chance to count it yet, but I don‚Äôt think we‚Äôve seen this much,‚ÄĚ said King. ‚ÄúEvery year we seem to say the same thing, ‚ÄėIt‚Äôs the best this year,‚Äô and then the next year we see more.‚ÄĚ
The food bank currently serves about 60 families in the area, and King estimated that facility volunteers saw an average of approximately 120 in the month of December, which is traditionally one of the busy periods with the holidays.
It‚Äôs been a year of change for the food bank. During the summer volunteers changed locations, moving two doors down from its former locale on Main Street at Church Street. It also moved the traditional food drive from the fall of the year to spring to help bring in donations a little faster.
King said the extra donations they saw this past month were mainly from individuals, with some corporate donations. Some residents, she said, did their own food drives to help for the Christmas season. Volunteers are in the process of counting the extra items.